Certified & Non-Certified Hiring
- What is the fire department work & pay schedule?
The San Marcos Fire Department works a 24/48 schedule.
All City of San Marcos employees are paid bi-weekly on Friday.
TO APPLY: The link to apply will be posted on the "Career" tab under the City of San Marcos Human Resources
Other useful documents are located in the Human Resources Department - Civil Service Recruitment section.
- Do you have/host a fire academy?
No, San Marcos does not have a fire academy, however, non-certified applicants may be sent to a fire academy in Austin through ACC if accepted to work for the SMFD.
Please reference TCFP's (Texas Commission on Fire Protection) steps on how to become a certified Texas firefighter.
- Can I pick up an application now? How do I apply?
No, applications are only available on-line during the application period. Firefighter Civil Service Exams are posted on the City of San Marcos' "Careers" page and the SMFD Employment Opportunities page.
Testing determines an eligibility list which will be in effect for a period of one year from the test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first. Please apply at www.sanmarcostx.gov/jobs. Questions? Contact our Human Resource Department, Ph: 512.393.8066.
- Do you take applications throughout the year?
No. Applications are only accepted when a test date is established. The eligibility list will be in effect for a period of one year from test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first. Questions? Please contact our Human Resources Department at 512-393-8060.
- Where can I obtain study material for the civil service test?
A study guide is available for purchase from our test provider, IPMA-HR.
- Can I transfer my state fire certification from another state to Texas?
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) is the certifying agency in Texas, and they will help you determine what steps need to be taken to become a certified Firefighter in Texas. For more information visit the TCFP website.
- Is there an age limit to apply?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age and not over 40 years of age on the date of the entrance examination.
- Will I get paid more if I have a degree?
Yes. Effective October 1, 2012, the City will provide monthly incentive payments to firefighters for higher education or certification by the Texas Commission of Fire Protection.
- If I am already a certified Firefighter, will I have to go through firefighting training?
Yes, all San Marcos Fire Department recruits are required to complete eight weeks of an 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. probationary mini-academy. Successful completion of the mini-academy will result in placement on one of 3 shifts (A, B, or C) where the recruit will then complete a year-long probation from date of hire.
- Do I have to be a certified Texas Firefighter?
The San Marcos Fire Department has recently opened up our hiring practices to include the consideration of non-certified candidates. The possession of a Basic (or above) Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) or documentation from the TCFP stating that you are a certified firefighter may be an expectation dependent on the needs of the hiring process. For more information visit the TCFP website.
The hiring requirements will be outlined with each hiring announcement posted on the City of San Marcos HR page-Careers.
- Do I need to be a licensed paramedic to take the Civil Service Exam?
This will depend on the particular hiring process. The hiring requirements will be outlined with each hiring announcement posted on the City of San Marcos HR page.
If you have any questions about your status with the Department of State Health Services, contact them through Texas DSHS Website.
- Is there one civil service test for all the cities in Central Texas?
To our knowledge, each city administers its own test. The San Marcos Fire Department does not participate in a group test with other cities.